Close to Asphyxiating Everybody In Your Home


Propane ovens indoors? No.

(Wouldn’t “With her stove on the fritz…” have worked just as well?

And do they even make Easy Bake Ovens anymore?

Actually, if this is her kids’ Easy Bake Oven, why is the box on the floor in front of her?


  1. OK, a lot to break down here. Rural home can have propane tanks that feed regular gas appliances in the home. I have a gas range and just use the 5 gallon RV style tanks piped through the wall with the tank outside. Not everyone is on a natural gas line. I did see the current new and improved easy bake oven a few days ago at Wally World. The magic of the original one was that it worked using a light bulb. I guess it didn’t work very well with the CFLs and LEDs:). I did hear the original one did finally have some kind of safety issue taking it off the market. The new one has a built in “enclosed safety heating element”. Saving the box and keeping the bigger toys in it when not in use has been pretty normal in my life.

  2. Propane is just gas – bottled gas, but gas nonetheless. So you can be cooking with gas in the hinterlands. (Note: not as many BTU’s as natural gas.)

  3. Yes, here in civilized Palm Harbor, FL, there is no gas line into our subdivision. My neighbor has a gas and an electric over (which is why SHE had nice hot fresh coffee on Hurricane Irma morning). And of course, the outside grill runs on propane; I don’t know about the generator the other neighbor used, even tho no one was home and the noise drove the rest of us crazy ’til it conked out. Before the electricity came back on. Karma’s a b*tch.

  4. 1) Propane ovens indoors? No.

    Of course. Lot’s of rural homes have gas appliance fueled by propane tanks on the property. My mother’s house does. I don’t see that asphyxiation is any greater a risk than any other gas. I was warned not to purposely drive my car at 70 mph into the propane tank but other than that…

    2) (Wouldn’t “With her stove on the fritz…” have worked just as well?

    Yes… and better as it wouldn’t be a noticeable extraneous but unnecessary detail.

    3) And do they even make Easy Bake Ovens anymore?

    No. But is that relevant? The readers know what they are.

    4) Actually, if this is her kids’ Easy Bake Oven, why is the box on the floor in front of her?


    I don’t know.

  5. “Propane is just gas – bottled gas, but gas nonetheless. So you can be cooking with gas in the hinterlands. (Note: not as many BTU’s as natural gas.)”

    Propane has more carbon in it, so it is a greater risk to produce carbon monoxide when burned. This is why Propane heaters are dangerous, and cooking with propane is… discouraged.

    “if this is her kids’ Easy Bake Oven, why is the box on the floor in front of her?”

    You have to take it out of the box to use it.

  6. Mr. McPherson lives in upstate NY, and if he doesn’t live within the Saratoga Springs natural gas utility’s service area he likely uses propane for cooking and heating. He used the energy source that he’s familiar with and didn’t realize others may associate it with use outdoors only. It is likely he experienced an episode of actually running out of propane, which is easy to do if you don’t have a set delivery schedule. It’s not an “unending supply” like natural gas is. As for the Easy Bake box, that’s what the kids store it in. She was stressed and ran into their room, grabbed it and threw the box on the floor. The box is there to show that it’s unusual for it to be in the kitchen.

  7. All of the above (my mom has propane for her stove and hot water heater) but (at least in Canada) Easy-bake oven is still available.

  8. No one’s commenting that she has three arms or that she is serving steel wool?

    I didn’t know people associate propane with outdoor use only. I certainly don’t. But I’d realize that most people don’t live in rural places where the provide their own tanks. So I’d have avoided a propane scenario but it never would have occurred to me it would seem strange or bizarre to others.

  9. Speaking as an employee of the largest supplier of natural gas in NY: we serve a lot more than Saratoga Springs, notably the capital district (Albany area) and Oswego (in addition to most of downstate NY).

    Also: propane is widely and safely used for indoor cooking. It is simply incorrect to say it’s dangerous. We (and the state) recommend a carbon monoxide detector to everyone, whatever type of furnace/stove you have, but actual problems are exceptionally rare with modern equipment.

    Finally, propane is much easier to store than natural gas, because it liquefies under low pressure at room temperature, which is why it’s such a common fuel for grills and houses with no gas piping.

  10. A note on Easy-Bake Ovens: They NEVER opened like a real oven, despite being designed to resemble one. You’d slide a pan of batter into a slot, then slide it out when it was cooked. No access to the light bulb or whatever.

    In later years, Easy-Bake Ovens were designed to look like microwaves, although they still worked the same way with slide-in pans.

  11. @woozy, How callous of you to point out her physical disability. She doesn’t have three arms, she has one normal arm and one arm that is much, much longer. (Insert knuckle-dragging joke here.)

  12. Did you notice what direction one of her high heels is pointing?

    Have you ever seen one of the sites devoted to bad photoshopping?

  13. @ Chak – Her right arm is so long that she can thread it back through her blouse so that both arms come out of the same sleeve. The makes is easier for her to pose for a perspective-challenged cartoonist.

  14. She doesn’t have a disability, she has superhuman powers. One of her hands comes off and works independently, like the character Thing on Addams Family.

  15. As others have pointed out the original Easy Bake Oven worked with a light bulb for heat and the pans were inserted into a slot on the left and would be pushed through by inserting another one into the same slot – it came with 3 pans and 2 were inside – one cooking and one cooling. the cooling chamber was as slightly smaller size than the cooking one to make it even harder to get the pan out before it cooled. This was a safety device to keep children from getting burned. My sister had one. Of course we could never wait for the food to cool and I had figured out how to pry the pan out. They do still make it and there was a todo a few years ago as were being made in purple instead of the original aqua and some little boy wanted one and was upset that it only came in a “girl” color and his sister made a big deal of this and it was covered by the national news.

  16. In the Lancaster County, PA area the Amish either cook with bottled liquefied natural gas or bottled propane. Same is also used to run their clothing driers, provide heat and other appliances so they can run them without using electricity. I am guessing, that it is common among their “English” neighbors to use bottled gas or propane also for heat as houses in the farm areas area far apart and it would be expensive to run gas pipes house to house. (Fuel oil seems to need electricity to use for heat as we have no heat when our electricity is down.)

    In the tiny RV we have we have a 2 burner propane stove. The propane tank sits under the RV (with everything else that they need to fit somewhere outside the RV) and the fill is at the rear of the Chevy van that is the RV just below the license plate and behind the bumper. We also have two forms of heat in the RV for when we are staying in it. There is a heat pump that is part of the air conditioner and will provide heat down to 40F. Below 40F we have to turn on the propane furnace and the propane is needed to heat the water.

    We normally keep the propane shut off as we rarely use the heat or the stove. When traveling in summer the water in a 100F+ (when standing in the sun during the day) vehicle’s water tank is warm enough for hand washing and we use the campground bathhouse for showers. If we need hot water for something like instant cereal, we use the microwave to heat it. If we might need the furnace we turn on the propane when we set up for the night. After turning it on outside the RV we then have to light the stove right away to prevent the propane from building up inside. In the morning we have to go out and shut off the propane, light the stove again and burn off any propane left in the line. We have turned on the propane to cook about 4 times – all of them at home in the aftermath of major hurricanes. We had soup, eggs, and similar and found out that if we want to cook in the RV we have to put a shower cap over the smoke detector or it goes off often and constantly. We almost cooked in the RV for lunch once a trip as it was pouring out – Robert was upset at the idea as he said he did not want to go out and turn on the propane – I told him I intended to heat soup in the microwave. By the time we were dressed, the rain had stopped – problem solved.

    There is a BIG argument among RV’ers as to whether or not the propane can be left on all the time and many will not even turn it off where it is required to be turned off – such as on some bridges and in most tunnels. We are on the side of don’t turn it on unless you need it.

  17. The Amish do not use “bottled liquefied natural gas”. LNG is cryonic. That is, it vaporizes at -260F even at elevated pressure. I very much doubt the techno-resistant Mennonite-spinoff Amish maintain the very large infrastructure needed to safely store and use LNG.

  18. carlfink – The story in the area is that is what they used. I had always thought on my own that it was just regular bottled gas. We had been told that natural gas needs to be in liquid form to be put into a bottle and that was why it was liquefied. So I guess the info on this told to us tourists has been wrong. Thank you.

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